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Friday, July 01, 2016

How to strike it rich in baseball without ever playing | New York Post

You’d better hope your mommy and daddy are loaded because the weight of student loans won’t look so great when you are making minimum wage *if* you ever get a job in baseball. 

Syracuse University has become the first school to award a bachelor’s degree in sports analytics. It will welcome freshmen to the discipline this fall, with the first graduates set to hit the job market in the spring of 2020.

“I think it’s a great idea,” says Billy Beane, the former A’s general manager for whom the term was coined. “I smile to myself, especially thinking about the reactions when the book came out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2016 at 04:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: education, jobs, moneyball

Monday, May 02, 2016

OTP 2016 May 2: The Anti-Moneyball Election

But these are not the campaigns that people will study, looking back at 2016. The surprises came from the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump campaigns, which followed completely different models. They have broader, more emotional appeals to voters, rather than trying to slice the electorate into ever-narrowing segments (which have been the source for a generation of condescending consultant-speak: Bill Clinton’s soccer moms, George W. Bush’s security moms, and so on). They are running humanities campaigns in an era of social science. At least for Trump, it seems to be working.

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: May 02, 2016 at 07:18 AM | 2777 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, politics

Monday, January 25, 2016

OTP - 2016 January 25: A vanishing line separates politics and sports

Serious science has also increasingly treated politics as sports. In 2012, the political scientist John Sides of George Washington University explained that he derived approach to research from baseball, specifically from Michael Lewis’s “Moneyball,” in which a baseball manager abandons the “gut feeling” school of selecting players and starts relying exclusively on arcane but important statistics. Sides wrote:

“My goal with the study of elections is to move things as close as possible towards ‘Moneyball,’ which is to say I want to measure what’s going on, I want to measure the background conditions and the fundamentals that are important in any election, like the economy. I want to measure the news coverage, I want to measure the campaign advertising, all of the things that convey information to the voters about the candidates, and then finally I want to measure the voters themselves, I want to understand why they made the choices they did and what impact, if any, the campaign had.”

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: January 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 2612 comment(s)
  Beats: moneyball, nate silver, politics

 

 

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